Working while you study

Part-time work can make all the difference to your budget and lifestyle. It can provide valuable work experience and the opportunity to network with potential colleagues and employers.

Balancing work with study

Your academic performance

It’s important to maintain a balance between the number of hours you work and your study requirements, so that your academic performance is not compromised.

Professional placements and work experience

Before you commit to a part-time job, check whether you are expected to undertake professional placements or work experience as part of your degree.

Flexible working arrangements

You should also try to arrange flexibility with your employer to do less work around exam time and more in the holidays.

Student allowances

If you are receiving or applying for a student allowance, be aware of the maximum amount you can earn per week before tax and still be eligible for the allowance.

Student loans and allowances

Finding work

Student Job Search is an organisation set up to help students find casual or part-time work.

Student Job Search website

Employment rights and obligations

The Employment Relations service provides information about your employment rights and obligations such as the minimum wage and holiday pay.

Employment Relations service website

International students

If you are an international student, it may be possible for you to work while you are studying.

How many hours can you work?

Under present immigration regulations, if you're on a long term permit (one year or longer), you're entitled to work up to 20 hours per week during the term time.

Visa requirements and conditions for working

To get help with changing your student visa conditions, contact the International Office.

Immigration New Zealand has full details on visa requirements and conditions for working while you study.

Immigration New Zealand website